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The Downbeat - 11 February 2010 - #164 - The Nerdy Russian Edition

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I found from Siler that Ronnie Price is the player's rep for the Jazz. They'll be in Dallas this weekend to go over the new CBA.

Boozer and DWill are on the short list again for the USA basketball this summer. The world championships are in Turkey this year. Being one of the biggest free agent seasons in recent history, some of the big players in LeBron, Bosh, Wade, and even Boozer might not play if they don't get contracts early in the FA period.

The Jazz aren't the only team needing to get bigger to compete with the Lakers. Almost every team has a problem guarding Gasol, Bynum, and Odom.

If the Jazz are to make a trade, I think this is where you have to look first. Not only do they have to be long, they need some athleticism. I would like to think that Fesenko could be part of the solution, but that doesn't look like it's going to happen. It's going to have to come from a trade if we're looking at this season or the draft going forward.

AK a nerd for reading a book instead of listening to music before games? From the Wall Street Journal,

Utah's Mr. Kirilenko, who reads everything from Tolstoy and Bulgakov, says that when he first arrived in the Salt Lake City in 2001, he noticed most of his teammates would don fancy headphones to kill time instead of discussing books. He wanted to blend in, so he gave it a shot, hoping the music would have an equally calming effect and would take his mind off basketball. "I was trying that but it doesn't help me that much," says Mr. Kirilenko, who tears through a different book before every game and sometimes shows up nearly an hour early to pre-game meetings to pick up where he left off. Sometimes teammates try to make fun of him, he says, but he doesn't respond. "You learn to ignore it."

And apparently Fesenko joins in.

AS poll,